Best's Wines

Victoria | Grampians

James' Review

Best's winery and vineyards are among Australia's best-kept secrets. Indeed the vineyards, with vines dating back to 1866, have secrets that may never be revealed: for example, one of the vines planted in the Nursery Block has defied identification and is thought to exist nowhere else in the world. Part of the cellars, too, go back to the same era, constructed by butcher-turned-winemaker Henry Best and his family. The Thomson family has owned the property since 1920, with Ben, the fifth generation, having taken over management from father Viv. Best's consistently produces elegant, supple wines; the Bin No. 0 is a classic, the Thomson Family Shiraz (largely from vines planted in 1867) magnificent. In the Wine Companion 2017 it was awarded the mantle of Wine of the Year from a field of almost 9000 wines. Very occasionally a pinot meunier (with 15% pinot noir) is made solely from 1868 plantings of those two varieties; there is no other Pinot Meunier of this vine age made anywhere else in the world. Justin Purser brings with him a remarkable CV, with extensive experience in Australia, NZ and Burgundy. Exports to the UK, the US, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

About

Founded in 1866 in the Great Western wine region of Victoria, Best’s Great Western is one of Australia’s oldest continuously family owned and operated wineries. Best’s is known to have some of the oldest vines in Australia and produces extraordinary wines with great longevity. Best’s flagship wine, the Thomson Family Shiraz, has an Outstanding designation from Langton’s Auction house. Until the 1950’s, Best’s red wines were labelled Claret and the white wines were labelled Hock and they were bottled for customers both in Australia and overseas on demand. In the 1960’s, Bests began to release varietally labelled vintage wines. Throughout the history of the winery, there have only been two owners, the Best family, who founded the winery, and the Thomson family, who bought it after Henry Best’s death in 1920. Best’s Great Western, more than 140 years after its founding, is now in the hands of the fifth generation of the Thomson family. Ben Thomson is now Managing Director and Vineyard Manager for Best’s. He has worked with the family business for over twenty years and brings passion and viticultural experience to his role as the Thomson family custodian of Best’s Great Western. Today, Best's Great Western is focussed on its vineyard resources in Great Western. The original Concongella vineyards around Henry Best’s original homestead and the winery contain the bocks used to produce the handcrafted Icon range including Thomson Family Shiraz, Bin No. O Shiraz and ‘Old Vine’ Pinot Meunier. The newest addition to Best’s Great Western vineyard portfolio, Salvation Hills at Rhymney is assisting the Concongella vineyard produce regional classics in our Great Western Varietal range. Nestling in the foothills of the westerly tip of the Great Dividing Range and the rugged Grampians Range, Best’s two Great Western vineyards afford spectacular views. Henry Best’s original Nursery Block, containing over forty different varieties, and his old Shiraz and Pinot vineyards are among Australia’s most valuable viticultural resources. Indeed, in recent years European viticulturalists have sourced from Best’s Great Western vineyards to provide pre–phylloxera plant material, long extinct in their regions.

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Winemaker Justin Purser
Established 1866
Dozen 20 000
Vineyards (area) 34
Opening Hours Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4
Address 111 Best's Road, Great Western, Vic 3377
Telephone / Fax (03) 5356 2250
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